Biden Infrastructure Plan Eyes Electric Car Boom
President Joe Biden’s big infrastructure plan includes a sizable bet on the future of driving.
The $2 trillion plan, which the White House unveiled in April, would pour cash into making the country ready for electric cars. That includes spending $174 million to build a network of 500,000 charging stations across the U.S. in less than 10 years.
“We think it is important to continue incentivizing and encouraging electric vehicle adoption,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told Yahoo Finance after the plan was unveiled. “We’ve got to make sure that electric vehicles are not just a luxury item, especially because the fuel savings from not having to pay to fill it up with gas will be especially meaningful to lower and middle-income American car owners.”
The proposal comes as major auto manufacturers are increasingly acknowledging that the future of driving is electric.
General Motors recently announced that the company will ditch gas cars by 2035, an ambitious move that sent shockwaves through the industry. Volvo followed by pledging to pull the plug on new gas vehicles by 2030.
Some 2.5 million electric vehicles were sold worldwide last year. That figure is expected to jump by 70% in 2021, according to the Detroit Free Press. Fully-electric cars accounted for only about 2.5% of all new car sales in the U.S. last year.
The Biden plan is already being panned by Republicans in Congress balking at the price tag. Even supporters say it is going to take more than federal assistance to properly build out the country’s framework for electric cars.
“This transformation is greater than any one policy, branch or level of government, or
industry sector,” a group of automakers, suppliers, and auto industry workers said in a recent letter to Biden. “It will require a sustained holistic approach with a broad range of legislative and regulatory policies rooted in economic, social, environmental, and cultural realities.”
Car manufacturers are on pace to invest $250 billion in electrification by 2023, the group said.
Your Rights as a California Car Owner
As the world’s largest carmakers increasingly look to electrification, they also continue to struggle to put vehicles on the road that are safe to drive. GM, Volvo and others recall millions of cars every year, citing serious defects that increase the risk of crashes and injuries.
If you have been stuck with a detective or malfunctioning vehicle in California, the state’s lemon law offers some important rights and protections. An experienced California lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help.
The law generally requires car manufacturers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also forces a carmaker to buy back - or, sometimes, replace - any covered vehicle that the company cannot or will not fix.
At Bickel Sannipoli, our California lemon law attorneys have represented hundreds of clients across the state in defective vehicle cases. We are tireless advocates, dedicated to ensuring that car manufacturers are held responsible when they do not live up to their responsibilities.
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